Here’s why Fresno PD is cracking down on big gatherings that ‘escalate’ violently

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A crackdown on parties! Fresno Police say they are seeing an increase in shootings at large get-togethers, and children are getting caught in the crossfire.

One of those shooting victims: a 10-month-old baby girl.

Chief Jerry Dyer shared this photo of baby Fayth with us. He says she’s doing well and on her way to a significant recovery, but he says it could have ended differently.

Dyer says parties have gotten out of control. The mixture of late hours and unruly crowds can be a deadly combination.

It sounds like a contradiction: the number of shootings is down but the number of people getting shot is up.

“This time last year we had 78, today we have 112,” Dyer explained.

He says it has to do with people getting caught in the crossfire at large gatherings.

“People that are running as a result of gunfire, both suspects and victims alike is a result we’re seeing more innocent people being shot,” says Dyer.

On Wednesday, in Dyer’s monthly meeting he highlighted cases involving parties, young adults and children.

One that happened back on June 20, where a 16-year-old Ashanti Reason was shot and died two days later.

“There were four guns that were used in that shootout and as a result 20 plus rounds that were fired,” says Dyer.

Around June 23, another incident. Nicolas Polan was shot and killed at his 22nd birthday party.

“Two guns were used in that homicide and the suspects were bulldog gang members,” The Chief detailed.

The another deadly incident on the Fourth of July.

Dyer says 58 shell casings were found at a shooting near Hamilton and South Recreation, where 35-year-old Ernst Carter was killed.

“It was a shoot out between people, there were at least 8 different guns used in shooting,” he says.

The Chief says social media plays a role in these large gatherings getting out of control, “People start showing up to that party who are otherwise uninvited guest, some are gang members, some are armed with firearms, when there’s alcohol present, especially later in the party, that’s when there’s a potential for a disturbances that can lead to a shooting.”

Dyer says they need the public’s help. They want to know if you spot large gatherings starting to get out of hand to give them a call at (559) 621-7000 or CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.

“If we become aware of those parties we’re going to make it a priority in our department to respond to them so that we can prevent them from escalating in the evening,” he says.

Dyer says thankfully, for baby Fayth, she’s on the mend. He says she’s smiling and sitting upright, “By all indications, a baby who was shot in the head, it appears she’s going to make if not a full recovery, a significant recovery and that’s a miracle of God.”

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